Wafer Paper Cake Designs

  • with Kara Andretta
(5 reviews)

Finally master wafer paper techniques as you learn how to make four showstoppers — an Antique Floral Cake, a Romantic Monogram Topper Cake, a Simply Stunning Poppy Cake, and a Bling Fantasy Cake. Then use what you learn to create your own masterpieces.


Wafer paper is one of the prettiest and most versatile mediums in cake decorating today, and cake artists keeps coming up with innovative ways to use it. In this course, acclaimed cake designer Kara Andretta teaches you the best and latest techniques. You’ll learn how to do a fine frills wrap and a vertical wave ruffles wrap; how to make monograms; how to create printed text designs; how to make several kinds of wafer paper flowers; how to create a floral separator; how to take something handwritten and print it out on wafer paper using an edible printer (a technique brides and grooms love!); how to use gels and dusts to give wafer paper an antique look; how to make a heart-shaped cake topper; how to add hand-painted designs to cake decorations to create a 2D effect; and much more. Along the way you’ll learn various methods for pre-coloring wafer paper as well as different ways to apply color to wafer paper decorations after you’ve made them. Finally, you’ll learn how to apply wafer designs and techniques to create four gorgeous cakes: An Antique Floral Cake, a Romantic Monogram Topper Cake, a Simply Stunning Poppy Cake, and a Bling Fantasy Cake.


  • Jeanne Winslow

    • Advanced Cake Artist

    One of the best online classes I have ever purchased and the first class I ever watched from start to finish in one sitting. Kara's instructional skills are informative, detailed and entertaining. This class is great for beginners as well as advanced students and I highly recommend it to anyone looking to add wafer paper techniques to their cake decorating skills.

  • claudie ann brown

    • Intermediate Cake Artist

    I can not say enough good things about Kara's course. She is a great teacher and breaks down all the steps into an easy to follow format. Her years of experience makes it easy for her to pass on tried and true tips and also to avoid pitfalls that she encountered along the way. This course is worth twice the amount that I paid. All 4 of the cakes re AWESOME!! I can't wait until after the 1st of the year to start working on some projects. I've already ordered some of the tools and supplies that I didn't have, so that I'll be able to work on some of the many techniques in the course. I watched the entire course from start to finish in one sitting. It's so good that you can't stop watching. It's like a good book that you can't put down. You will have no problems learning wafer paper, even if you've never used it.

  • Shannon Bond

    • Advanced Cake Artist

    Wonderful instruction and instructor! Very informative and creative - I can't wait to try some of these techniques. I feel like I gained a lot of knowledge about wafer paper - thank you Kara!

  • Heather McGrath

    • Intermediate Cake Artist

    There are so many fantastic and varied techniques covered in this class! I have gone back several times during projects to see how Kara does it. She is amazingly skilled, and has such an eye for making things exceptional. I really feel like this is a must-have class for wafer paper. It teaches different types of applications, as well as colouring, which is vital. I really, really enjoy this class.

  • Yazmin

    • Intermediate Cake Artist

    I love this class I highly recommend it , it's so good.

Lesson Plan

  • Lesson 1: Meet Kara Andretta


    Meet your instructor, Kara Andretta, and learn about the tools you’ll need and the skills you’ll acquire while learning how to decorate cakes using wafer paper.

  • Lesson 2: Working with Wafer


    Get a crash course in everything you need to know about working with wafer paper, including its strengths and weaknesses, how to adhere it to itself and to other bases, and how to troubleshoot problems.

  • Lesson 3: Creating On-Cake and Off-Cake Finishes


    Kara shows you how to create beautiful on-cake and off-cake finishes for cake tiers using wafer paper, including a fine frills wrap, a vertical wave ruffles wrap, a monogram, printed text designs, and a free-standing heart topper. Plus, learn how to take a handwritten message and transform it into a cake design using an edible printer.

  • Lesson 4: Pre-Coloring Methods


    Tackle different methods for pre-coloring wafer designs, including wet oil dusting, gel application, and edible metallic leaf.

  • Lesson 5: Wafer Flower Design


    Master several kinds of wafer paper flowers: an antique peony, a cherry blossom, freesia, a baby eucalyptus, a stylized anemone, a fantasy bling flower, and two kinds of poppies — one you can whip up quickly and a more detailed poppy. Plus, how to make branches and stems food safe.

  • Lesson 6: Applying Post-Creation Color


    Learn different methods for coloring wafer paper elements, including how to dry dust your cherry blossom and poppy and how to use a Preval sprayer (a less expensive alternative to an airbrush machine) to color the vertical ruffles on your Romantic Monogram Topper Cake.

  • Lesson 7: Creating Four Gorgeous Cakes


    It’s time for the really fun part — taking all the decorative elements you’ve made and the techniques you’ve learned and using them to create four beautiful cakes: an Antique Floral Text Cake, a Bling Fantasy Cake, a Simply Stunning Poppy Cake, and a Romantic Monogram Topper Cake. Learn how to make a floral separator and how to hand-paint stems and grass around your wafer paper poppies for an eye-catching 2D effect.

Meet the Instructor

Kara Andretta Instructor of Wafer Paper Cake Designs

A graduate of The Culinary Institute of America, Kara has studied under some of the best pastry chefs and cake decorators in the world. As owner of Kara’s Couture Cakes, Kara specializes in fondant-covered cakes and gourmet cupcakes and cookies, all custom designed to perfectly fit each client’s unique occasion. The only thing better than how Kara’s cakes look is how they taste. Her motto? Making the world sweeter, one cake at a time.

Course Supplies

Downloadable Materials

Downloadable course materials include recipes, ingredients and tools lists, cake specifications, a project timetable, an ingredient conversion chart, and cake templates and outlines where needed.

  • Ingredient Conversion Charts
  • Wafer Paper Cake Designs - Project Timeline
  • Wafer Paper Cake Designs - Cake Specs
  • Wafer Paper Cake Designs - Tools & Ingredients
  • Wafer Paper Cake Designs Text Templates
  • Wafer Paper Cake Designs Flower Guide


  • Wafer paper
  • Cutting mat
  • Bumpy foam
  • Half knitting needle
  • Bamboo skewer
  • 1/4" wooden dowel
  • Measuring tape
  • X-ACTO knife
  • #2 pencil
  • Craft tweezers
  • Turntable
  • Non-stick baking mat
  • Edible printer
  • Edible ink
  • Vinyl gloves
  • White cotton gloves
  • Cuticle scissors
  • Deckle edge craft scissors
  • Ripple edge craft scissors
  • Edible silver leaf
  • Portable scrapbooking trimmer
  • Petal dust (sepia, cocoa, pink, buttercup)
  • Round and/or wedge-shaped cosmetic sponges
  • Ceramic dish or artist's palette
  • Needle nose wire cutters
  • Glue gun and glue stick
  • 12" round Styrofoam dummy
  • Spool of black thread
  • 1/4" wooden dowel
  • Sugar glue
  • Floral tape (white, brown, green)
  • Non-edible crystal buttons
  • Stiff, flat-topped paintbrush
  • Round paintbrushes (#2 and #8)
  • Luster dust (green)
  • 18 or 20 gauge tape-covered wire (white)
  • 10 or 12 gauge copper wire
  • Multi-petal hole punch
  • Hydrangea punch
  • Preval sprayer
  • Plastic wrap
  • Mop brush or cosmetic brush
  • Parchment paper
  • Airbrush color (gold sheen)
  • Knitting needle, scribe or Dresden tool
  • Small, fine-tipped paintbrushes (size 0, 00, 000, and 0000)
  • Stamens (cluster and pearl varieties)
  • #8 Filbert paintbrush (Loew Cornell 7500 series)
  • #10 Filbert paintbrush (Loew Cornell 7500 series)
  • Small craft scissors
  • Fringe scissors
  • 22-gauge cloth-covered floral wire (brown)
  • 24-gauge tape-covered wire (sunrise white)
  • Crayola model magic (black)
  • Wilton gel paste (yellow, red)
  • Americolor gel paste (chocolate brown)


  • Shortening
  • Poppy seeds
  • Flavored vodka
  • Cocoa butter (1 oz)
  • Sugar glue (mix 1/4 cup water with 1/8 tsp. Tylose powder or CMC and let dissolve overnight in fridge. Store in airtight container. Keeps for 1 month in fridge; 1 week at room temp.)
  • Coconut oil cooking spray
  • Fondant
  • Ganache

Frequently Asked Questions

  • When is this class offered?

    Anytime you want it to be! When you purchase a CakeMade course, it is yours to keep; you can watch the lessons whenever and how often you like. If you have any questions along the way, just post them on the forum and Kara will answer them personally.

  • Is this class for beginners?

    This is a comprehensive course in wafer paper techniques. As such, it is appropriate for both students who want to learn how to work with wafer paper and for those who want to improve the techniques they already know and acquire new ones.

  • Is anything taught besides wafer paper techniques?

    Yes, lots! Kara teaches you how to transform handwritten text into edible design elements; how to create floral separators; how to hand-paint cakes to create 2D effects; how to use a Preval sprayer as a cheaper alternative to an airbrush machine; and various coloring methods.

  • What kind of flowers will I learn to make?

    Kara will teach you how to make an antique peony, a cherry blossom, freesia, a baby eucalyptus, a stylized anemone, a fantasy bling flower, and two types of poppies — one you can make quickly and a more detailed one.

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